Thursday, February 10, 2011

Punched Flower Valentine Tutorial

Once upon a time, a friend in Canada sent me a lovely sheet of vintage car scrapbooking paper. I had gold embossed stickers on hand from a CustomQuilling kit, so combined the two and decided to add punched flowers in the center of the heart to tie everything together.

Punched Flower Shaping Tutorial
But alas, my punch wasn't making clean cuts. I'd heard that punching with foil is a good way to sharpen one... I can't say it worked perfectly from then on, but the experiment did leave me with lots of little flowers. Here I was, just getting started...

Punched Flower Shaping Tutorial
The foil is the heavy, textured kind that comes on yogurt containers. I find I use it pretty often as a craft supply.

Punched Flower Shaping Tutorial
To give a punched flower a bit of dimension, hold it on a fingertip or place it on your palm or a computer mouse pad. Rub in a circular motion with the top of a glass head pin or the end of a small paint brush... something rounded. This will cause the edges to cup so it looks more like a natural flower. The two upside-down flowers on the far right show the definite curve that results.

Punched Flower Shaping Tutorial
I dusted some older-than-I care-to-remember eyeshadows in rose, lavender, and blue onto the flowers with a little brush. They stuck surprisingly well to the textured surface of the foil, as would true chalks that are made for coloring stamped images.

Punched Flower Shaping Tutorial
I like the way the colors complement the hydrangeas on the car, and have to say it's fun when a play session goes well - definitely not always the case!

Punched Flower Shaping Tutorial

20 comments:

E.T said...

Totally brilliant! So very creative!

LDH said...

So very pretty!

Kathy in FW TX said...

Your blog is wonderful - I have spent way too much time reading your posts since finding you this week. Love the card!

Sarah said...

Love this! Did you have to use special glue for the foil, or does regular craft glue work?

chillin with Quillin said...

lovely card, love the idea on the little flowers they turned out great!
Paula

Meg said...

Love the vintage look of that card. The foil flowers are a great touch. I also stumbled onto using foil that I'd punched in my crafts after trying to sharpen my punches a little too.

If you punch wax paper it's supposed to "oil" the punch which might also help it work better.

CraftyRichela said...

You had me at "yogurt containers." I LOVE--*LOVE*--this one. The eyeshadow trick is genius.

Melissa said...

Those flowers are adorable, and how clever to use eye shadow to color them!

SUGANTHI said...

This card looks awesome. You have such great ideas ,the foil flowers look great .Such ideas are great help when you are in a place with limited craft supplies.

Molly Smith said...

Oh my, Ann. I love how you did this card and used the paper given to you. The heart sticker and punched flowers make it look dimensional. Pretty!

hugs xo

Ann Martin said...

Thanks, everyone!

Sarah, I used a glue called Crafter's Pick, The Ultimate as it seems to hold metallic or plastic bits better than my usual quilling glue.

Meg, good idea about trying waxed paper - I'll do that.

Lise said...

That's gorgeous...!

Ann said...

That turned out really pretty. Maybe you could come over and explain to my husband the importance of saving things like foil from the top of a yogurt cup. I try and save stuff and he throws it away...lol

DaRmAn said...

MOST CREATIVE.. !

Ann Martin said...

Ann, too funny... and I know what you mean. You just have to be quick at squirreling odd things away with your other craft supplies. :)

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Pretty work.

Kathy said...

just lovely..have never seen that punch..lol will have to look for it.. those are perfect little flowers for that heart..
xx

ArtfulLee Designed said...

I love this card Ann and I love the idea of using your old eyeshadows. I have thrown so many out in the past but now I will recycle them. Wow all those tiny flowers, you have more patience than me, they look just beautiful in the heart.
Lee:)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Stunning!!! I had no idea they had a punch like that to get the teensy flowers. I've been using the ones left over from a fiskars scallop edge punch but the one you used would save paper in a big way. LOVE how you used the head of the pin & they look ever so lovely on your gorgeous card.

MD said...

SUPER BRAVO

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